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Africa: Chinese Investment

Volume 689: debated on Tuesday 20 February 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What discussions they are having with the Government of China on co-operation in countering poverty, inequality, unemployment and conflict in Africa; and what progress they are making. [HL1986]

My right honourable friend the Foreign Secretary, Ministers and officials regularly discuss African issues with the Chinese Government. We seek to increase co-operation with China within multilateral fora and initiatives relevant to Africa in areas such as transparency, aid and debt principles and arms transfers. All Africa's partners, including China, need to work in ways that reinforce Africa's own agenda of poverty reduction and sustainable development. The Department for International Development has already established regular high-level talks with China on international development issues, focusing on Africa, and China and the EU agreed at their September 2006 summit to establish a structured dialogue on Africa. The German presidency hopes to begin this dialogue soon and we look forward to contributing actively. We welcome the commitment in China's first White Paper on Africa, published in January last year, to “step up co-operation with other countries and international organisations” in support of the millennium development goals in Africa.